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Black History Month: Geoffrey Canada

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[font="Century Gothic"]In 1990, Canada was appointed president of Rheedlen. He expanded the center, and renamed it the Harlem Children's Zone. The 97-block complex began offering tutoring, recreational programs and community outreach. Social workers also provided drug counseling, parenting advice, and basic life skills to the community. By 1997, Harlem Children's Zone had 11 sites throughout Manhattan. Through it's Promise Academy Charter Schools, Academic Case Management Program, True Arts & Media Program, Employment and Technology Center, Learn to Earn After School Program, and College Preparatory Program, they have seen amazing results in the community, often with a 100% success rate. [/font]
[font="Century Gothic"]• [/font]100% of high school after-school program participants (284 of 284) stayed in school
[font="Century Gothic"]• [/font]ETC seniors received over $1.8 million in financial aid, including full scholarships and grants
[font="Century Gothic"]• [/font]626 HCZ after-school program participants are enrolled in college
[font="Century Gothic"]• [/font]254 students were accepted into college for the 2010-2011 year, representing 90% of our high-school seniors.
[font="Century Gothic"]George Canada still feels there is more work to be done that extends past Harlem, and efforts are being made to expand the HCZ model to 20 cities across the nation.[/font]

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